Many termed his victory depended on support from Asian voters in the city. On this Galloway made it clear saying the win was a “consensual victory” which had nothing to do with race or faith. Further he cleared saying, “It was Labour who put up an Asian candidate who campaigned that he was a Pakistani Muslim.” His win also reflected concerns about jobs and the economy – and was not just based on the support of Muslim voters. “We appealed to people of conscience of all faiths, we appealed to people who opposed the war,” he said. It was the people of Bradford who brought the tidal wave in favour of Galloway.
He said he had focused his campaign on tackling Bradford’s economic problems, suggesting the city had “gone backwards” during Labour’s years in government.“There is a great deal of concern about mass unemployment, poverty, poor educational statistics, poor health and a general sense of abandonment in post-industrial cities like Bradford,” he said.
Mr Galloway, expelled by Labour in 2003, won the by-election by 10,140 votes, in the process of overturning a Labour majority of more than 5,000 at the 2010 general election. He still keeps lots of interest in Labour Party. He said he was trying to create a “new Labour Party”. National disillusionment is the cause and the result is Mr. Galloway’s win, says his assistant Kevin Ovenden.
People of Bradford were expecting the ‘Change’ as city went backwards even during the richest 10 years in the country’s history. They wanted credible person with strong voice. And I do believe they have found the person whom they want to represent them.
“Incredibly disappointing” are words of Labour’s Ed Miliband. “Local factors” were partly to blame but he pledged to “learn lessons” from the defeat.
Labour, whose share of the vote fell by more than 20% as it was pushed into second place, have said the result was totally unexpected. It seems Miliband will try to understand the reasons why that happened in Bradford. He thinks of getting engaged and rooted in every community showing that, Labour Politics, can make a difference to people’s lives.
Many believe that the result did not reflect a lack of confidence in Mr Miliband’s leadership as the party had performed strongly in other by-elections and council elections over the past year.
Bradford had a proud tradition within the Labour movement. The independent Labour Party was founded in Bradford in 1893. Therefore, must be, Labour immediately announced an inquiry into the shock defeat as Bradford was the safe seat for the Party. Deputy leader Harriet Harman said: “It is a very bad result, there’s no denying to it.”
Labour thinks that they will learn lessons. They are going to have very, very thorough discussions with all the local Labour people and the local community up in Bradford so they can rebuild them again.